Ma Sankofah Folk Tales

Ma Sankofah

Ghanaian storyteller Ma Sankofah shares African folk tales that illuminate the rich cultures of the continent. Each telling of a folk tale is followed by a discussion on its themes and significance with an avid student of African cultures, Takako Mino.

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Hawk and Hen used to be the best of friends. But what broke their friendship? Find out in this episode of Ma Sankofah Folktales.

Dec 2020

20 min 30 sec

Our guest storyteller Dr. Kwashie Kuwor shares an Ewe story on how Ayeyi saved the village. The animal sound effects in this episode are made by people! We hope you enjoy listening to this interactive storytelling that is filled with lots of laughter. Kwashie shares that understanding one's culture is "the key that we need to open developmental doors of this country." This episode is a bit longer than usual, but keep listening for an enlightening conversation about how music, dance, and storytelling serve as repositories where cultural knowledge is stored and hidden.

Dec 2020

38 min 59 sec

A sixth wife of a king feels very jealous and goes to desperate lengths to get what she wants. Find out what happens by listening to our newest episode!

Oct 2020

19 min 14 sec

Our monkey friend is back in this episode set in a time when the times are changing in the jungle. Some animals come back sharing stories of "the city" and the marvellous sights they see there. Please join us to find out why the monkey cried and the life lessons we can learn from this story.

Oct 2020

15 min 39 sec

What happens if you're dishonest? Enjoy the story of the sick lion followed by discussions on communalism and unity.

Sep 2020

23 min 42 sec

Listen to the story of the naughty prince, and learn about traditional Ghanaian perspectives on nature, spirituality, and the law.

Sep 2020

22 min 18 sec

Ma Sankofah shares a Ghanaian folk tale about why the monkey has a long tail. In the discussion with co-host Takako Mino that follows, the meaning of Ma Sankofah is explained along with lessons from the story that can be applied to our lives.

Aug 2020

16 min 43 sec

A warm welcome to this podcast by storyteller Ma Sankofah.

Aug 2020

1 min 45 sec